Dampoort to Ieper

Dampoort to Ieper
11 November 2017

Gent Dampoort – Two northbound tracks

Gent Dampoort – One Southbound track

Gent Dampoort


Train to Lille (Rijssel) Flandres and Poperinge
The train will be split at Kortrijk

Ieper
Poppy Parade
11 November 2017


Gent Gurdwara Pardhan – Pardhan da putr – Harpreet Singh – Balkar Singh – Granthi Singh – Mehakpreet Singh

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BBC News – Sikh activist Jagtar Singh Johal filmed in police custody

The brother of Scottish Sikh activist Jagtar Singh Johal has condemned a video filmed in police custody

Mr Johal, from Dumbarton, has been held in Punjab since 4 November, accused of conspiracy to murder prominent right-wing Hindu leaders.

The 30-year-old has also been accused of involvement in the murder of a Christian priest.

Mr Johal’s lawyer has previously accused the police of torturing his client, who denies all the allegations.

In the latest development, a video of Mr Johal in custody has been screened on Indian TV.

Gurpreet Singh Johal said he was “shocked” when he saw the footage and claimed it jeopardises his brother’s right to a fair trial.

He told BBC Scotland: “The only thing I can see from the video is that it seems like a hostile situation.

“Allegedly there is a confession but I don’t see a confession there.

“There is nothing there.

“He is just saying that he has translated some articles for a website.”

He also questioned how anyone managed to film his brother while he is in custody and fears he has been “found guilty without a trial”.

He also urged the UK government to do more to help Mr Johal.

The Scottish government has previously said it is “deeply concerned” about Mr Johal’s detention.

Punjab Police have denied the torture allegations.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-42293490

Gent De Lijn Trams & Dampoort to Ieper

Gent De Lijn Trams
Gent Zuid
9 November 2017

Gent Zuid – Tram 4 to Muide, Tram 2 to Zwijnaarde

Gent De Lijn Trams
Lippensplein
10 November 2017

Lippensplein
Tram 2 due at 21:31

Dampoort to Ieper
11 November 2017

Dampoort – Single platform

Gent – Dampoort

Poperingen – Lille Flandres
Train from Antwerp to Kortrijk
One part of the train to Lille (Rijssel)
One part of the train to Ieper and Poperinge

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Brussel Koningstraat and Madou – Gent De Lijn Trams

Koningstraat MIVB Trams and Madou MIVB Metro
8 November 2017


Tram 93 to Stadion

Madou: Metro 2 to Simonis,  6 to Koning Boudewijn,  2 Blocked vehicle (sounds bad),
and 5 and 2 to Elizabeth


Madou: Metro 2 and 6

Gent De Lijn Trams
Ledebergplein
9 November 2017

Ledebergplein: Tram 4 to Moscou


Ledebergstraat: Tram 4 to Moscou

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Oostende – West Vlaanderen

Oostende
Plakkerstraat and tower
7 November 2017

Shri Guru Ravidass Bhawan
Plakkersstraat, Oostende
Not open daily like the Gent Gurdwara


Shri Guru Ravidass Bhawan
Plakkersstraat, Oostende

All I know about this tower is that it is nearer to the station than to the Ravidas Bhawan

Oostende
De Lijn Trams
7 November 2017

De Lijn Tram to De Panne
This tram line  is about 75 km long and runs from near the border with the Netherlands to near the border with France

Southbound ‘Kusttram’ to De Panne

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Ilford Recorder – Sikh running club holds event for Woodford Green girl with rare brain tumour

A Sikh running club gave back to the community recently by hosting a charity event to raise money for a young girl with an incurable brain tumour.

Rosaleen Fenton

04 December 2017. The Team Kaleigh 10K Challenge was organised to raise additional funds for seven-year-old Kaleigh Lau, of Snakes Lane East, Woodford Green.

In April last year, Kaleigh, was told she had Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), a very rare and aggressive tumour.

Since then she began to suffer double vision, unbalanced walking and her left hand became very weak.

Earlier this year, she started travelling to Mexico every month with her family, to try and find a way of halting the tumour through a pioneering treatment.

So far, Kaleigh has responded well to the treatment and now Team Kaleigh is raising money in order to ensure the seven-year-old can continue to travel abroad.

At Sikhs in the City Running Club on November 26, a whole host of friends, family and complete strangers united to run a challenging 10K on a blustery winter day.

Mayor of Redbridge Councillor Linda Huggett gave a rousing speech before starting the race and was on hand to present medals for every runner.

She said: “It’s amazing to see everyone here today and I congratulate every runner for their dedication and human spirit.”

Celebrated runners included Jog on Hijabi Lynne Northcott, who is preparing for the London Marathon whilst raising money for a Gambia water project for Penny Appeal, Timi Veerasamy from Dagenham 88 and prolific long distance running legend Harmander Singh.

Organiser Jason Li said that the most uplifting moment of the race was watching “brave Kaleigh take part and complete the course in her wheelchair”.

He added: “I’m just relieved the event ran like clockwork.

“The weather was cold but the sun was out. We had no rain and even little Kaleigh participated.

“Everyone looks so happy and there is a great spirit of togetherness – It’s been perfect.”

Kaleigh’s Father Scott Lau thanked everyone for their support: “We are very blessed to have so many people come out and support Kaleigh and her determination has spurred us on even more. It’s just been an amazing day.

“We will do whatever it takes to make life easier for Kaleigh and it’s just fantastic that we have so many unbelievable people joining us on this journey.

“I’m really proud of everybody and immensely inspired by my own daughter. This illness hasn’t got a cure at the moment and we want to make a change as Team Kaleigh.

“It’s been emotional and we are full of pride – thank you everyone.”

The route was run on Roding Lane South, Woodford Bridge Road and Woodford Avenue with several friendly volunteer marshalls manning road crossings.

Readers who wish to make a donation should state clearly your full name, add a reference: “TK 10K” with your deposit and if possible an email to jasonli.kaleighstrust@gmail.com so that it can be added to the event’s fundraising total.

Payee: Kaleigh Lau Account No: 98159575 Sort Code: 09-01-28

For event updates or to find out more about Kaleigh’s story and her new UK Petition, please visit her website at kaleigh.ethanet.co.uk

http://www.ilfordrecorder.co.uk/news/sikh-running-club-holds-event-for-woodford-green-girl-with-rare-brain-tumour-1-5307652

Gent Gurdwara – Oostende

Mata Sahib Kaur Gurdwara
05 November 2017

Reciting the final verses of the Guru Granth Sahib

Mata Sahib Kaur Gurdwara
Kortrijksepoortstraat 49
B-9000 Gent – Oost-Vlaanderen

Oostende
7 November 2017

Koningin Astridlaan
Northbound tram to Knokke


Koningin Astridlaan
Northbound tram to Knokke


Nieuwpoortsesteenweg – Stelplaats

Nieuwpoortsesteenweg
Tracks to what I suppose is a tram maintenance facility

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I News – What it’s like to experience Islamophobia as a Sikh

London-UK, 4 December 2017. The programme My Week As a Muslim caused outrage this autumn. It’s easy to see why: a white woman was ““browned up” as a Muslim, complete with hijab, prosthetic nose and false teeth. Instead of “disguising” someone in such a crude manner, why not actually ask Muslims about their experiences?

It also stereotyped Muslims as “brown” when Islam is a faith, not an ethnicity. While I understood the controversy, the programme was also a powerful reminder of the importance of empathy. For just one week this woman experienced the intolerance many Muslims face on a daily basis.

This includes being abused, spat at and labelled a terrorist. There is an old adage that to truly understand someone you need to walk a mile in their shoes. This went a step further, by asking someone to a mile in someone else’s skin.

I don’t need to wear a prosthetic nose or false teeth to begin to recognise what Islamophobia feels like. Although I am a practicing Sikh, I have been mistaken for a Muslim on many occasions. People see my skin colour and turban, and in their ignorance assume that I am both a Muslim and a terrorist. If the leap of assumptions wasn’t so hideous it would be funny.

‘You killed three thousand people’ One of my worst experiences came on an ordinary Friday evening. It was a few months after the 9/11 tragedy, when the atmosphere in the UK was one of fear and anger. I was on the Tube on my way to meet friends, with my headphones in and oblivious to everyone else. So far, so normal.

A man became extremely aggressive, shouting “you killed three thousand people”. He called me “scum” and every other name under the sun, becoming increasingly belligerent and threatening. I was left with an unwelcome dilemma: should I defend myself against the false “charge” of being a Muslim or the preposterous inference that all Muslims are terrorists? I was stumped.

As my fellow passengers became increasingly concerned for me, an American man, who I know was only trying to help, stepped in, also thinking I was Muslim. “Leave him alone, I’m an American and we all hated them [Muslims] at first but now I’m not angry. It wasn’t their fault.”

My attacker was by now screaming, his face turned red. He was about to punch me. He would have succeeded if a passenger hadn’t stepped in to defend me as I ran towards the platform, squeezing past the slamming doors.

Despite my best efforts to tap into the British spirit to keep calm and carry on, I was left completely shaken and it remains one of the most frightening experiences of my life. I didn’t report it, at the time I just wanted to get out of the situation. And I’ve regretted it ever since.

Always report

Reported hate crimes have risen by 29 per cent in the past year From then on, I’ve made it a principle to report any time I face hate crime. The police have not only taken it extremely seriously, but I have found even just the act of reporting cathartic and empowering. I deserve to take a stand and say “enough”.

Too often victims of hate crime stay silent. Statistics show a 29 per cent rise in hate crime over the past year and a rise in Islamophobia specifically. Despite this, there are still serious challenges with underreporting. Some think they won’t be taken seriously or feel unsure if what’s happened even constitutes a crime.

As someone who has been affected, as well as in my personal experience as a barrister, my message is simple: report it. Whether it’s online or offline, attacks on the basis of race or faith should never be tolerated. And if you see someone being targeted – step in. Hate crime is thankfully not endemic in our society and despite some horrible exceptions Britain is characterised by tolerance and respect.

The fact that hate crime is on the agenda shows that it is not acceptable in our society. Not only is the Government monitoring statistics but the police actively encouraging people to come forward by making it easier to report crimes, including setting up online apps. This all points to Britain’s proud history of creating a liberal society where all are treated equally under the rule of law.

Respect for those who are different is a value to be celebrated and it is clear that progress is being made in tackling the very antithesis to liberty: hate crime. We shouldn’t have to dress up as another ethnicity to know how important it is to defend the rights of one another. The only intolerance we should accept is for intolerance itself.

Jasvir Singh OBE is Co-Chair of the Faiths Forum for London and the Chair of City Sikhs, a national representative body for British Sikhs. He is also a practising family law barrister.

https://inews.co.uk/opinion/like-experience-islamophobia-sikh/

Gent: Sint-Pieters NMBS Station – Leuven NMBS – Gent Gurdwara

Sint-Pieters NMBS Station
04 November 2017

IC train to Luik / Eupen via Leuven

Leuven NMBS
04 November 2017

Platform resurfacing still on-going

The good old 16:19 via Gent

Mata Sahib Kaur Gurdwara
05 November 2017

Reading the final verses of the Guru Granth Sahib


Reading the final verses of the Guru Granth Sahib

Mata Sahib Kaur Gurdwara
Kortrijksepoortstraat 49
B-9000 Gent – Oost-Vlaanderen

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Gent: Sint-Pieters NMBS Station

Sint-Pieters NMBS Station
04 November 2017

Diesel train to Ronse

Diesel train to Ronse

Delayed train to Brugge and Oostende

Waiting for the train to Eupen to take me to Leuven

IC train to Brussel and Eupen

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